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AMD Carrizo APU rumoured to use 28nm process and stacked DRAM

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 13, 2014 9:24 am

It seems that AMD is working on a new APU using 28nm process and stacked DRAM, codenamed 'Carrizo'. It is said that these APUs will benefit from HBM (Higher Bandwidth Memory) implementation compared to current DIMM slot counterparts.


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Though the reports are unconfirmed, it is known that AMD is collaborating with Hynix to make stacked DRAMs. The HBM provides higher bandwidth which will benefitted by the APU especially by the onboard graphics core. The APU will be made with 28nm process, but the onboard HBM die will be based on 20nm process. Its speculated that Carrizo's APU core die size is smaller than Kaveri.


HBM can provide maximum bandwidth of 128-256GB/s, which will prove to be a better implementation over DDR4 support. These APUs will most likely use the FM2+ socket and maintains 65w TDP envelope. If AMD incorporates on package DRAM solution, it will allow higher speeds for the memory and have lesser latency even compared to DDR4 implementation and it would cost lesser than integrating L3 cache. Whether the stacked DRAM be implemented in all of Carrizo APU lineups and feasibility especially for low-cost APUs is currently unknown.

EA and DICE kick off the month-long Battlefest event for Battlefield 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2014 9:01 am

Battlefield 4 fans, get your trigger fingers ready for the month-long event that is Battlefest. This event is geared for all BF4 gamers, getting them read for the launch of Battlefield 4's new DLC coming this week, Dragon's Teeth.


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The new Dragon's Teeth expansion rolls out this week with five new weapons, a new unlockable gadget in the form of a Ballistic shield, a new game mode, 10 new assignments, and a new Battle pickup. Gamers can now also submit their in-game screenshots for a daily contest known as Battleshots. Battleshots will see a daily winner taking home an AMD Radeon GPU (!), a $50 gift card to the DICE store, and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership for the platform of their choice.


The goodies continue, with the daily contest not the only thing that BF4 gamers have access to, but gamers will also receive a free camo in-game unlock each week, and another double XP weekend early next month. Battlefest also includes weekly community missions and a stunt video competition where the top 12 submissions get selected by DICE for some truly great prizes. These prizes include the nine finalists receiving an AMD video card valued at $300, while the top three winners get voted by fans, each receiving an AMD-powered PC worth over $3,000.

Judge orders Amazon and Craigslist to reveal info on phony reviewers

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 13, 2014 8:22 am

Ubervita, the company that manufactures testosterone boosters, weight loss supplements and other body enhancement pills filed a case claiming that many phony negative reviews were posted on Amazon to disrupt its sales of products.


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A federal judge ruled in the company's favour, giving them the right to issue a subpoena Amazon and even Craiglist of cough up the details of those reviews who allegedly posting fake negative reviews.


What ruled in Ubervita's favor is that ads were found in Craiglist which offered cash to post negative reviews about Ubervita products by posing as a dissatisfied customer. Ubervita said that it is necessary to get access of this information to catch those who are running a 'campaign' against Ubervita and place them under a disadvantage. U.S. District judge Marsha Pechman said that Amazon and Craiglist must reveal information such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, IP addresses and even credit card details and bank account information.

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User's data can be extracted from smartphones post factory reset

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:39 am

If you think that using the factory reset function on your smartphone will clear your data, you're in for a pleasant surprise! Czech-based security company Avast purchased several phones via eBay to evaluate if they can extract data from it, especially the ones that had a factory reset done by the previous owner.


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The factory reset is supposed to be a one-touch feature which should secure erase all the data, settings and other user-related details from the photo and return it to a 'rolled out of the factory' state. But the experiment by Avast proved that this is not entirely true.


The company conducted this experiment by purchasing 20 smartphones from eBay. The experts at Avast were able to extract data from these smartphones, though the company didn't disclose if that was the case with all the smartphones. The experts were able to extract 40,000 photos, out of which 1,500 of those were family photos and others included selfies with their manhood.Other data included emails, text messages, Google search history and even browser history. Avast also added that the factory reset feature does not wipe out the data from the phone. Rather, it only erases the index information.

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North Korea makes the World Cup final, kinda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 13, 2014 6:35 am

For those who have been watching every match of the World Cup, you might not know who made the final... well, North Korea did. Yes, North Korea has made the final of the World Cup, according to the country, which has told its citizens over a newscast that the country has been kicking some serious ass at the event.



An unverified video was posted to YouTube channel Korea News Backup, which has other state-run media posted to it, showing a newscaster reporting that North Korea has been very successful at the World Cup. The newscast says that the country led by its Dear Leader has won its match against Japan 7-0, won the US with 4-0 and China too with 2-0. Even though none of these countries made any of the final matches.


So while this might be news for you, don't be thinking its Germany vs. Argentina, because that's hogwash. North Korea are playing in that match, but probably only because they have the smarts to land a man on the Sun.

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Symantec working with Chinese government because of software ban

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 13, 2014 5:10 am

Symantec is working with the Chinese government so a reported ban of its software is lifted by the Ministry of Public Security, according to Chinese media. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures of widespread surveillance activity has increased political tensions of cyberespionage between China and the United States.


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The Ministry sent notices for department PCs to have pieces of Symantec software uninstalled, according to the China Daily news source. There is no official reasoning explaining why Symantec poses a security threat to China - and the company is discussing the problem with Beijing.


"Symantec takes the privacy and security of our customers' information very seriously and our products do not have so-called 'Data Theft Backdoors,'" said Colleen Lacter, Symantec spokesperson, in a recent statement. "We believe (this) is an insolated incident to the Ministry of Public Security."

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Technology largely unable to protect civilians from IED attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 13, 2014 2:06 am

The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against military targets proves to be successful, killing thousands of U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the civilian death toll is staggering, with IED and suicide bomber attacks boosting casualty rates among civilians 70 percent over the past three years, a report recently noted.


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Unfortunately, there are very few technology-based solutions to defend civilians against IEDs, with bomb devices ranging from crude homemade IEDs to explosive devices useing military-grade supplies. As successfully demonstrated during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, a homemade pressure cooker IED with a mix of gunpowder, ball bearings and nails can be lethal - there was a final death toll of three people, injuring 264 athletes and spectators.


U.S. military personnel are relying more on armored vehicles, creating next-generation bomb detectors, and using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to conduct reconnaissance missions. The growing bloodshed in Iraq, however, will be difficult for local police officers and undertrained military personnel reduce civilian deaths. A massive 81 percent of 60,000 deaths recorded from 2011 to 2013 were civilians, and hit 66 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Thailand.

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Vending machines evolving, going high-tech with better products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2014 11:53 pm

Vending machines in the United States are evolving because of advanced technology and more affordable development prices. Instead of just selling cheap candy and soda, many vending machines now offer everything from beauty products to electronics, or higher quality food.


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Denis Koci's Burritobox, selling hot burritos to visitors via his Box Brands companies, recently rolled out six more machines - featuring hand-rolled burritos which can be customized with sour cream, guacamole, and other choices. The company also has interest in Pizzaboxes and other niche food vending machines which can be in shopping malls, near parks, and other locations with high foot traffic.


"There is a lot of innovation happening in vending machines," said Omar Khedr, IBISWorld industry research analyst, in a statement. "It's occurring in niche markets like organic foods, propelled forward by access to new technology and convenience."

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DARPA researching self-guided .50-caliber ammo rounds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 12, 2014 6:59 pm

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently tested a .50-caliber self-guided bullet that pairs a maneuverable round with a custom optical guidance system. The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) round is designed to help snipers be even more effective, and provides a bigger standoff range.


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The U.S. military hopes a self-guided round will make it easier to eliminate targets with a single shot - helping keep snipers hidden. Specifically, the guidance system will prove helpful in Afghanistan and other environments where there are high winds, dusty terrain, and sometimes harsh shooting conditions.


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PDXLAN 24 Coverage - One hell of a LAN party

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2014 8:30 am

PDXLAN 24 - TweakTown is on the ground in Portland, OR, for PDXLAN, one of the largest LAN parties on the west coast. A little background: PDXLAN started back when CRTs were still in vogue and the whole LAN was run off of a 1.5 DSL connection. Since then, the LAN has grown in size, and they have added more and more events throughout the year. PDXLAN 24 is currently taking place and runs from 6pm on July 11 to 6pm on July 14. We've been taking video during the event, but my MacBook Air isn't the most capable video editing machine, so video will be coming later this weekend.


We're going to take you through the start of the event until around midnight using pictures as pictures are worth a thousand words. So, with that introduction out of the way, let's get on to the fun stuff.


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The LAN takes place in the Holiday Inn convention center next to Portland's airport (PDX), hence the name PDXLAN. As you can see, the LAN has yet to open to the general public, but setup has already been completed. Shortly, this cavernous room will be filled with heat-producing PCs and gamers hungry to frag and win prizes.

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